Archive for: June, 2023

The Fits and Starts of African’s Peace trip to Ukraine and Russia

The fits in the trip to help resolve the war between Russia and Ukraine by Africa started in Poland with the grounding of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s flight leading to a delay by Polish authorities. It was Ukraine that meted out a similar humiliation to African students at the beginning of the war in […]

Textile Queen Maman Creppy Has Died – the Last of West Africa’s Legendary Wax Cloth Traders Has Left Her Mark

NINA SYLVANUS Dédé Rose Gamélé Creppy, who has died aged 89, was one of west Africa’s most influential wax cloth traders. She was the youngest, and the last living, “Nana Benz” – the legendary first generation of women cloth traders from Togo. Wax cloth was a European adaptation of a classic Indonesian batik hand printing […]

Trump: Running for President, Pardon, and Power?

UCHENNA EKWO Whatever anyone thinks about Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States remains the most dominant political force in the country for about a decade and counting. Over the course of his entry into politics without any previous experience, Trump has mastered how to manipulate the rich, the poor, and the so […]

Intra-and Intercity Transportation Systems in Ghana

KOFI AYIM The transportation system is the basis of socioeconomic development in a nation. It enables the movement of goods and people from an origin to a destination point.  It provides mobility for the purposes of work, trade/business, education, and leisure/pleasure. In carefully planned environments such as cities in developed nations, the transportation system is […]

A force for unity or simply toothless? The African Union at 60

The African Union is celebrating 60 years of unity in 2023. The organization has achieved much since its creation, but ongoing conflicts have exposed the difficulties it faces in bringing peace and prosperity to the continent. MELISSA CHEMAM The African Union is often criticized as an institution without real power, but for political analysts, the […]

My Church Was Part of the Slave Trade. This Has Not Shaken My Faith.

RACHEL L. SWARNS For more than a century, Catholic priests in Maryland held Black people in bondage. They were among the largest slaveholders in the state, and they prayed for the souls of the people they held captive even as they enslaved and sold their bodies. So after the Civil War, the emancipated Black families […]

Ugandan anti-LGBTQ law deepens Anglican Church rift on gay rights

The latest split in the Anglican Church comes after recent comments by the Archbishop of Canterbury on Uganda’s new law. The chair of a conservative group of Anglican church leaders on Wednesday June 14 accused the church’s global head of perpetuating colonialism with his criticism of one of the world’s harshest anti-LGBTQ laws, introduced by […]

Germany fails to face colonial legacy in Tanzania

The German government says it wants to confront the legacy of its colonial rule in Africa. But it is still failing to address issues such as its brutal repression of the Maji Maji uprising in Tanzania. PHILIPP SANDNER An impressive, yet painful reminder of the ups and downs of German-Tanzanian relations can be found in […]

Kenya’s Hits and Misses on Journey to Eliminating Plastic Waste

JOYCE CHIMBI Plastic bags were a part and parcel of life in Kenya. More than 100 million plastic bags were used annually in Kenyan supermarkets alone, with at least 24 million plastic bags discarded every month. Kenya was choking under the weight of plastic bags. “Every food market, big or small, used plastic bags to […]

Mystery of the desert: Lost cities of the Nigerien Sahara

The Kanuri people established themselves in the area between the 13th and 15th centuries. A long trek across the desert of northeastern Niger brings the visitor to fortified villages of salt and clay perched on rocks with the Saharan sands laying siege below, one of the most astonishing and rewarding sights in the Sahel. Generations […]